Outdoor Programs Manager
Education: Master of Science in Recreation Administration, Aurora University; Bachelor of Science in Recreation Resource Management, University of Montana.
Certifications: NOLS Administrative Risk Management Training, Wilderness First Responder, CPR/First Aid/AED, USCG 100 Ton Inland Mate’s License with Sail & Tow Auxiliary, High Ropes Challenge Course Management, High Ropes Emergency Rescue, PADI Open Water SCUBA.
Interests: Coffee, coffee brewing, coffee bean selection, backpacking, hiking, fishing, sailing, mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding, foraging for wild foods, gardening, building DIY projects
Jeff joined BIMPRD with a passion for getting more folks active outdoors, encouraging environmental stewardship, and helping build community. He enjoys all things outdoors and firmly believes that the natural wild areas of our world need to be better preserved. Before joining BIMPRD, Jeff spent ten years in the field teaching natural science, leadership, and teambuilding, leading month long expeditionary trips, developing community programming, and sailing everywhere he could.
He has served as a captain for Outward Bound in Boston, director of education the Tallship HMS Bounty, captain/marine biologist for Sail Caribbean in the British Virgin Islands, and education coordinator for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s “At-Risk-Youth” program. On land he has led backcountry wildland firefighting crews for the US Forest Service in Utah, directed a high ropes course in California, and taught experiential education in the San Bernardino National Forest. He is thrilled to use his wide range of experience to help “get more folks outdoors” here on Bainbridge.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Seeing the fresh excitement of folks about to start a trip or coming right back from a recent program. You can learn a lot about someone and visibly see how an outdoor trip or class influenced them.
What inspires you?
Look outside. Natural curiosity to find a trail and see where it leads to, explore a lake and discover the little known crooks & crannies, or hike over just one more false summit to see what’s on the other side. Providing opportunities to instill that natural curiosity in others is very rewarding and quite a bit of fun.
Where is your happy place?
Several fall seasons ago my wife and I took a wrong turn onto a little known winding mountain road in the Canadian Okanagan. It passed by endless green and gold forests, grassy hills, trickling streams, and crystal clear mountain lakes. Every so often we’d spot a couple of small cottages – very homestead-like – that looked like they were living off the grid in tiny village communities. Spending time out there would be my happy place.
How long have you been doing what you do?
Fourteen years in the outdoor field.
Do you volunteer for any organizations?
Friends of the Farms, Rotary, North Kitsap Trails Association, Bainbridge Island Mountain Bike Club, Friends of Bainbridge Island High School Sailing.